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Lee Radford signs new deal at Hull FC

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has signed a contract extension keeping him with the Black and Whites until the end of the 2019 season.

Lee Radford extends his stay at Hull FC to end of 2019 Credit: Press Association

The 37-year-old was in the final year of his original deal, after taking charge of the club in 2014.

This comes as the Airlie Birds announce three of their homegrown forwards Josh Bowden, Chris Green and Dean Hadley will also be staying at the KCOM Stadium until the end of the 2019 season.

The timing of the announcement alongside the players who have signed up obviously shows the stability and the foundation of the club.

It was an unbelievably easy decision for me. The support he [Adam Pearson] has shown since day one has made my job so much easier.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach

Tour de France winner wishes Gary Verity and Tour de Yorkshire good luck

The 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome has wished Gary Verity and the rest of the Tour de Yorkshire team good luck.

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Snooker promoter visits Sheffield hospice

Bluebell Wood Hospice's famous benefactor Barry Hearn will pay a visit there today.

Barry Hearn has firged a relationship with Bluebell Wood Hospice

The head of World Snooker has encouraged a partnership between the World Snooker Championships - taking place in Sheffield at the moment - and the charity.

Proceeds from collections at the competition will go to the city's hospice.

Tupou extends Wildcats contract

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats centre Bill Tupou has signed a 2 year contract extension at Belle Vue to stay at the club until 2018.

The 25 year old has only made three appearances for the Wildcats this season after suffering with an ankle injury, although he is expected to return over the next couple of weeks.

He joined the Wildcats in June 2015 from NRL side Canberra Raiders on a deal until the end of the 2015 season. However after impressing then head coach Brian Smith and chairman Michael Carter, he signed a new one year deal.

The centre has become the third player to have signed a contract extension in the past two weeks under Head Coach, Chris Chester, following in the footsteps of Chris Annakin and Mika Simon.

Bill Tupou. Credit: Brett Crockford/AAP/PA Images

“I am very happy, it was a very easy decision for me and my partner. I came here around June last year and everything just clicked from there.

“Chezza (Chris Chester) is a good coach, he has brought the team together and by the looks of it everyone wants to stay because of him, everyone is performing because of Chezza. I don’t think I have played for him yet with my injury but he has seen a few of my games and he wants me to stay on. It is very pleasing for me and my partner and I am looking forward to staying on for the next few years.”

– Bill Tupou

“I am delighted that Bill has put pen to paper, he’s an important part of our team and I am looking forward to see him return to action in the next week or so. “Once again this shows us how important it is for us to keep all of our best players to move forward as a club; Bill will play a big part in this team over the next couple of years."

– Chris Chester

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Max hopes to make a big splash in Rio

It's just over 100 days until the start of the Olympic Games and four athletes from our region have had their seats confirmed on the plane to Rio.

Max Litchfield and Ellie Faulkner from Sheffield, Georgia Coates from Leeds and Mansfield's Molly Renshaw are part of a 26 strong swimming squad hoping to make a big splash next summer.

Max qualified for the Olympics with a stunning performance at the British Championships last week and Chris Dawkes has been to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to meet him.

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